Introducing The Conduit

Orlando’s The Conduit has released its newest single “Tripcode”. The Conduit is a math metal project from composer Jeffrey Bobbin.

Lyrically, the song is about being true to yourself despite cultural influence. “It’s for people who feel alone because all their interactions feel the same and new ideas start to seem cliché if that makes sense,” explains Bobbin. “While writing it I had this strange feeling that I didn’t want people to infect me with their murky energy and negative thoughts, which I know is silly and I’m at risk of maybe sounding pretentious or elitist. I love people mostly, but lately, it seems like my hometown is isolated and closed off, everyone just speaks the same idea to not risk being a pariah and it feels like there’s no real connection, which ironically this song might inspire just that. No connection. It was more intended to elicit a sense of individualism. “

The track came at a time that The Conduit was gaining attention as the creator of Shuffle-Core. “As I was writing this song I had an album from 2016 go viral on Tik Tok, Icosahedral. I had a 17 second video explaining its concept, which is a 20-minute long song divided into 20 tracks, intended to be played on shuffle, so that it was listened to as one seamlessly randomized song. So I now call myself the pioneer of shuffle-core, a genre that’s optimal for Spotify engagement, because the stream-to-listener ratios are higher due to the fact that people have to listen to the full album on shuffle several times to verify that the concept works, and it doesn’t get old too fast because you’re never hearing the same song twice, unless you listen a billion times.

“Tripcode” is the first single in a series of planned singles. The single has already been featured on Octane radio and The Metal Siren Podcast. It is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to it on Spotify now or watch the video on YouTube below.

Pioneering the shuffle-core genre with the 20-track EP; Icosahedral, an album that was intended to be played as one randomized song experience that seamlessly merges musical phrases even when played on shuffle,  The Conduit is a math metal composer creating music from Orlando, Florida. The sound is designed for listeners who desire complexity and a distinguished melodic profile. Most songs are comprised of Fibonacci rhythmic motives and meticulously head bang-able time signatures. Many songs are written with subliminal hypnotic scripts and include tempos that correspond with various planetary orbit speeds, most notably “Hiraeth” from the Abraxas Shrine album that corresponds with Jupiter’s orbit time. This was all written, performed, and engineered by Jeffrey Bobbin.

The Conduit is Bobbin’s personal music project where he composes all the instrumentation and vocals. He also mixes and masters everything at home. Bobbin is also the vocalist of a prog metal band in Orlando called TRAVERSING INFINITY.
Connect With The Conduit:

Spotify / Tiktok

Jody And The Jerms Has Just Dropped Their Newest Single

Oxford, England indie rock band Jody and the Jerms has just dropped their newest single, “Waves”. The song is a jangly guitar and synth pop-rock track that features single Jody’s crystal clear vocals and the band’s knack for radio-ready, saccharine sweet indie rock production.

“Waves was written by Jody and myself over the course of a lazy Sunday afternoon in August,” explains guitarist Niall. “It started with some guitar chords and the melody and the lyrics flowed from there. It’s a song about obsession. We got together a week later in the studio and recorded it with the other four Jerms.”

“Waves” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to it on Spotify (hyperlink) now or watch the video on YouTube below.

Jody and the Jerms formed in the Summer of 2019 in Oxford, England, and have been writing, recording, and playing their infectious blend of melodic and uplifting indie/alt/jangle rock ever since – with national airtime on Radio X (UK), Rodney Bingenheimer on Sirius XM (USA), RTVE (Spain) and BBC 6 Music. The six-piece band – or sextet – released their second album Flicker in March 2022, followed by extensive UK touring.

With a prolific writing and recording ethic, the band is already planning the next album release in March of 2023, and plenty more live dates home and abroad. They are celebrating the release of their latest single with three UK shows.

September 18. Great Barn Festival
September 24. Lyric Theatre, Bridport
September 30. Spice of Life, Soho, London

Jody and the Jerms Is:
Jody – vocals
Niall Jeger – guitar and vocals
Peter James Millson – guitar and vocals
Alex Bridge – drums
David Meaden – bass
Robert Anwood – keyboards

Connect With Jody and the Jerms:

Spotify / YouTube / Facebook

Introducing Steady Decline

Dublin, Ireland pop-punk duo Steady Decline has released their newest single, “Erase Me”. The song is an emotionally charged track about being haunted by and trying to move on from a toxic relationship and was released on indie label Never Meant.

The track is an acoustic-tinged pop-punk ballad that showcases the duo’s vocals and melancholy songwriting, before kicking into a full band production with electric guitars, drums, and soaring vocals.

The song was a true labor of love for co-vocalist and guitarists Oscar Hackett and Jack Wright, who have been chiseling away at it for some time now. “Erase Me is a song that’s been lying around on the cutting room floor for a few years,” says the band. “It’s gone through various versions and during the last two years we finally got around to finishing it and recording it the way we always envisioned with our good friend and producer Ciaran Nevin.”

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Ciaran Nevin and mastered by Ste Kerry, “Erase Me” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to it on Spotify now or watch the visualizer on YouTube below.

Steady Decline started when Oscar & Jack were both gigging as separate acoustic acts for years. Oscar’s old band All It’s Worth had just broken up, but songs were still pouring out of him so he booked some studio time and asked Jack if he wanted to come in and work on some new music. Shortly after, they joined forces, recorded their first EP Coping Mechanism, and began gigging in 2017. Over the next two years, they would regularly play Dublin, Galway & Belfast and share the stage with acts like Forever Came Calling, In Her Own Words & Kurt Travis. 

In 2018 they released a split EP with Galway punk band Old Bean and toured Ireland & UK. After some time off during the pandemic they started demoing in our home studios and are now back with plans to gig and release music regularly. Their first release back in 2022 was the aggressively catchy pop-punk banger “Start Over”, which is a prime example of what Steady Decline is all about: fast music, dual vocals, catchy riffs, and songs that will get stuck in your head for weeks.

Steady Decline Is:
Oscar Hackett: Songwriter, Vocals & Guitar
Jack Wright: Vocals & Guitar

Connect With Steady Decline:

Instagram / Facebook / Steady Decline Website / Never Meant Website

Introducing Chenél No.1

Johannesburg, South African alternative rock artist Chenél No.1 has released her latest single, “Save Me”. The track is an alternative rock song with driving guitars and emotive riffs that give it an edge of pain merged with a fierce vulnerability.

Thematically, “Save Me” is a song about breaking through the darkness, having a hand reaching out, and being saved. “Save Me is about a woman thankful that someone loves her enough to accept her with all her flaws, understands the darkness she dwells in, and is willing to pull her out,” explains Chenél. “I feel many people will relate to the emotions of the song as we all deal with frustration, pressure, and disappointment daily. It is a small comfort to know that when you are surrounded by those who love you, you can deal with all the obstacles that stand in your way.”

Although the theme of the song is dark, there is a hopefulness that lurks just beyond the shadows, wanting to draw you into the light. “Save Me was originally written just for myself as a creative outlet,” says Chenél No.1. “As a songwriter, I sometimes pour my heart into my lyrics and a reflection of what I’m feeling at that specific time. With Save Me I wanted to embrace the darkness I was feeling but also include the grateful aspect of having someone supporting me in what I’m experiencing.”

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Along with the single, Chenél No.1 has also dropped a video for “Save Me”. The music video was approached in a completely DIY manner with one of Chenél’s friends recording the footage on her phone. “As independent artists, we’re always told not to let your lack of budget stand in the way of creativity and putting content out into the world. So I have embraced the fact that I cannot complete with high budget productions and make do with what I have available. I’m proud of what we created with the very limited resources available.

“Save Me” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to it on Spotify now or watch the video on YouTube below.

Chenél No.1 grew up on the sounds of Credence Clearwater Revival and The Shadows and has a great love for music. During the day she works as an operations manager, she’s married with three kids and pursues her music after hours.  Starting her journey in late 2019, she released her first song and has since continued to share her signature sound through a number of well-received single releases such as She’s a Flamingo (2020), Master of Disguise (2021), Turquoise Tears and Shoot for the Stars (2022).

Chenél is pushing more towards the alternative rock genre lately while fusing a mix of folk and modern country sounds that are big on emotion with catchy melodies underpinned by great guitar riffs. 2022 saw her long-awaited acoustic EPTurquoise Tears, released to widespread coverage on social media and internet radio play in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, and the US, as well as receiving placement on a leading South African Spotify curated playlist, SAlt.

The Turquoise Tears EP was followed up by two rock singles and a song in her mother tongue, Afrikaans, showcasing her flexibility as an artist. She was recently nominated in three categories of the Afri-Indie Independent Artists Music Awards 2022, winning the Best Newcomer Songwriter category. A new EP is taking shape in the studio, scheduled for a 2023 release.

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Introducing Kanashii

Lexington, KY alternative shoegaze band Kanashii has released their newest single, the description “Nevermind”. The track is out on Cardigan Records and is a fuzzy, spaced-out midtempo rocker that feels equally at home next to 90s era grunge acts like Nirvana as it does with newer shoegaze acts such as Nothing.

Lyrically, the song is all about dealing with negative energy in our lives.  “We all knew this person who would just come around and suck all the fun out of day-to-day life.  To me, the song is about cutting out that negative energy and growing from it. “

“Nevermind” is the second single from a planned album rollout for the album Imposter Syndrome, due out October 28th, 2022. It follows the lead single “Afterglow”, which was released on March 15th, 2022. The single was recorded and produced by Luke Nagel of Lyra Productions in Nashville, which helped bring the band closer together. “We recorded “Nevermind” in Nashville with Luke, and we did tons of pranks on each other,” explains vocalist/guitarist Sammy Clifford. “During the recording, we pranked our bassist by spiking reaper pepper sauce on a sandwich and it was hilarious. Plus we got to explore the city in between recording sessions. It was so much fun and I feel like we really connected more as a band!

“Nevermind” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to it on Spotify (hyperlink) now or watch the video on YouTube below.

Kanashii is a Modern Grunge/Shoegaze band from Southeastern Kentucky. The word, Kanashi, translates to sad, miserable, unhappy, or sorrowful person in Japanese. The band decided to use this name since the original creation of the band was to be an outlet to help cope with negative emotions. The band was formed during the 2020 pandemic by lead singer/guitarist, Sammy Clifford, as a way to convey empathy, grief, and many other emotions via musical expression. Joined by Gwynn Smitty on bass, Tyrah Millay on Drums, and Alec Edwards on Guitar the band has built a unique sound inspired by bands such as Nirvana, Deftones, My Bloody Valentine, and The Cure.

Kanashii is celebrating the release of their new single on September 10th with Escape The Fate at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY.

Kanashii Is:
Sammy Clifford – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Gwynn Smitty – Bass
Tyrah Millay -Drums
Alec Edward – Guitar

Connect With Kanashii:
Instagram / Facebook / Spotify / Cardigan Records

Introducing Standard Broadcast

Pittsburgh, PA indie rock band Standard Broadcast has released their newest single, “I Meant What I Said”. The indie rock track blurs the lines between classic rock, indie alternative like Cursive mainstream pop rock like The Fray. The single is part of a planned album, due out in Spring/Summer of 2023.

As far as the writing process, “I Meant What I Said” fell together easily and was a true group effort. “This was a super fun song that we wrote in one night. There was lyric input from almost every band member, which was a blast!”

The track was recorded by six-time Grammy Award-winning producer Jimmy Hoyson at The Vault Recording Studio. “Jimmy is amazing, super down to earth, and very easy to get along with.” said the and. “He obviously has a fantastic ear but along with that, he’s just got a great knack for musical composition.” In fact, Hoyson is responsible for the bridge on “I Meant What I Said”“He liked our first take but told us we had to go back and figure out a bridge for the song. That was super cool and really lets you know he cares about the project.”

Standard Broadcast’s previous release, “Nothing Left”, premiered on Pittsburgh’s classic rock station 102.5 WDVE. The band also had the honor of recording the track “Cruisin’” by Smokey Robinson. Lead singer Nathan Jay has known Mr. Robinson and his wife Frances for over 15 years. “They asked us if we would record that track…which of course we did! They were even kind enough to let us record the music video in their home and use Smokey’s piano!”

“I Meant What I Said” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to “I Meant What I Said” on SPOTIFY or watch the video on YouTube below.

Standard Broadcast is fronted by Nathan Jay on piano and vocals, along with Leland Shaw (cello), Adam Seymour (guitar), Thomas Persson (bass), and Patrick Riley (drums). Formed in 2014, Nathan and Leland set out to create a more dynamic, catchy feel, without the traditional guitar/bass ensemble. After six months of songwriting, the duo went on to add hip-hop-driven beats. Add to that Nathan’s rhythmic piano skills and rock-inspired vocals, along with Leland’s classically trained cello experience, and their music developed into an indie flare. The band rounded out their lineup and is now a full five-piece outfit completely locked into their own unique sound.

The band is celebrating with a performance at Indie-Rockfest at Thunderbird Music Hall on Saturday, November 12th. This is the 6th annual Indie-Rockfest, a festival the band founded to raise money for independent musicians in Pittsburgh.

Standard Broadcast Is:
Nathan Jay: lead vocals/ keys
Leland Shaw: cello
Adam Seymour: guitar/vocals
Patrick Riley: drums
Thomas Persson: bass

Connect With Standard Broadcast:

LINKTREE / INSTAGRAM / SPOTIFY 

Introducing Dearly Departed

Fargo, ND active rock band Dearly Departed has announced their new album, Heartless, to be released in October of this year. The band has previously released the singles “Hindsight” and “Quiet Echoes” as part of the album rollout, and what an album rollout it’s been! The band dropped “Hindsight” in December of 2020, right before Covid put everything on pause for the next two years. With the world turning again, Dearly Departed has restarted the album ramp up, releasing their latest single, “Quiet Echoes” in July and signed to Pittsburgh indie label standouts DI Records, who are releasing Heartless on October 14th.

Of the lead single “Hindsight”, Dearly Departed says the track is a song of regrets. “It’s really about how you wish you could have done things differently, how you wished you hadn’t taken some things for granted, and also how you wished that everything had just worked out. But all you can do is work with what turned out to be and move on.” 

The band returned in July of 2022 with the second single “Quiet Echoes”“The message of Quiet Echoes is from the standpoint of listening to the doubts about yourself. To put it simply it’s about the negative internal monologue that we think to ourselves. The chorus is a call and answer, where I am asking the listener if they feel/hear the same thing I do at times. It’s definitely not a very happy song albeit the solace comes in the form of not being alone in these thoughts, that many others experience the same thing and that brings about a sense of unity.” 

The album was produced and mixed by Jeremy Schaffer (Earth Groans, Through Fire) and Joshua Barber (Norma Jean, The Devil Wears Prada) and will be out on DI Records on Oct 14th. The band is managed and mentored by Paul Olsen, formerly of North Dakota favorites The Suite“Quiet Echoes” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen now on Spotify or watch the video on YouTube below.

Dearly Departed is a midwest active rock/metalcore band who aims to release songs all the way from melodic hard rock with catchy vocal melodies that’ll get stuck in your head to crushing metalcore with intense story and internal conflict that’s still appealing to the average listener. Doing nothing half-ass, the Minnesota quintet that makes up Dearly Departed, brings an intense live show, crowd pleasing riffs, and relatable vocals; who’ve supported industry heavy-hitters such as Beartooth, Wage War, Stitched Up Heart, Saving Abel, and more.

In their region, they have established themselves as one of the best up and coming hard rock acts, drawing hundreds of people in their local market along with interest and radio play on clear channel radio Q105.1 in Fargo, ND and 93X in Minneapolis, MN almost immediately after their debut in 2018. 

Dearly Departed is celebrating the release of its album with Cold Kingdom, Ashfall, and Stovepipes on October 15th at TAK Music Venue in Dilworth, MN.

Dearly Departed Is:
Jesse Pabody – Vocals
Deven Jason – Guitar/Production 
Alex Nikolas – Guitar 
Hunter Bring – Bass 
Jordan Rasmussen – Drums

Connect With Dearly Departed:
LINKTREE / WEBSITE / SPOTIFY  

Introducing: Victoria Fire

Pittsburgh, PA hard rock band Victoria Fire has recently dropped their debut single. The track, “Fire” is a hard-driving modern rock track with blazing riffs and soaring vocals, courtesy of vocalist and frontwoman Kaitlyn Washko.

Lyrically, the track was derived from Kaitlyn’s personal struggle with depression. “The song is about being in a state of shame and darkness, but ultimately battling through and finding the light,” explains Kaitlyn. “The moment you feel like yourself again is like nothing else, and once I made it through I truly felt like I was on fire and capable of accomplishing anything.”

Along with serving as the debut calling card for the band, “Fire” is also the lead single and the beginning of an EP rollout for an as-yet-to-be-named 6-track debut EP announced later this year. The EP is being recorded, mixed, and produced by Lee Causo Jr, features Dan Moore on drums, Sid Riggs on drum production, and is being mastered by Mike Fitz.

Victoria Fire has also dropped a firey music video to accompany the single. The video was directed by Keith Kelly of Nexus Sound Studio. “Shooting the video for ‘Fire’ was an incredible experience,” says guitarist Andy Oddo. “Keith Kelly and his team at Nexus Sound Studio were amazing to work with.  Keith immediately picked up on our vision for the video and really hit it out of the park.  We had pointed out how this was our debut to the world and we needed to capture the right vibe, and he definitely delivered on that for us.”

“Fire” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen now on Spotify or watch the video on YouTube below.

Victoria Fire is a female-fronted alternative hard rock band from Pittsburgh, PA.  The band strives to deliver a varietal sound, blending delicate vocals with fiery screams and riff-focused instrumentals.  Founding members Kaitlyn Washko (Vocals) and Andy Oddo (Guitar) crossed paths in late 2018 and found that they had a shared vision for a new project.  After eventually rounding out the lineup with Oddo’s long-time bandmate Cory Schuster on bass and Dan Moore (former member) on drums, the pieces were in place. 

The band quickly started writing material and playing shows all over their hometown of Pittsburgh.  Victoria Fire has since shared the stage with national acts such as Elisium, 3 Years Hollow, Madame Mayhem, Actor/Observer, Convey, and Fame on Fire.  The band has been working hard in the studio, putting the final touches on their debut EP, and will be announcing the EP title and release date in late 2022.  The debut single and music video for their song “FIRE” was released on August 26th, 2022, giving fans a glimpse of what they can expect from Victoria Fire going forward.

Victoria Fire Is:
Kaitlyn Washko – Vocals
Andy Oddo – Guitar
Cory Schuster – Bass

Connect With Victoria Fire:
LINKTREE / SPOTIFY

Introducing Paper Forest

San Diego, CA rock band Paper Forest has announced their newest album, Trick Photographer, out Sept 22nd on It’s Okay, I’m Crying. Along with the album announcement, the band has dropped their latest single “House In Your Head”. The song was a true labor of love for singer-songwriter Sean Burdeaux. “This song took the longest to write,” he explains. “I found an old video of me playing the guitar parts so I wouldn’t forget what they were, I guess I started writing what would become this song in 2017. I was struggling with lyrics, too. I was trying to explore anxiety and intrusive thoughts in a way that was genuine but still poetic.”

The song took shape during studio collaboration. “I went to Brian’s (drummer, engineer) studio to record the instrumental and it sounded great but something wasn’t right,” says Burdeaux. “Once I finished writing the lyrics to that original instrumental version, I wrote a new intro part and wanted the whole song to be faster. I sent the new version back over to Brian, who engineered and mixed most of the record, and asked him to record new drums for the song. Brian’s recordings were so good that they inspired to me make the songs better, so I’m really grateful for him helping me find my vision for these tracks and helping me bring them to life. This song is the strongest example of that kind of collaboration that made this whole record possible.” 

The single was released as a mini EP, with two additional tracks, “See With Words” and “Dinnertime”“See With Words” is a demo from 2015 and “Dinnertime” is an instrumental track. “There’s lots of delay and reverb on the acoustic guitars, heavy drumming from Brian, almost hip hop in feel. Kind of haunting. It sounds like a rainy night.”

The album, Trick Photographer, started out as an EP of 4 to 5 songs before inspiration struck. “As we were recording the EP, I started trying to learn about the harmonium. I love how it sounds–super reedy, like a droning accordion. I felt enchanted by the harmonium. I recorded myself holding one or two chords, making these longer drone recordings. Then I would take guitar parts and make new arrangements, adding banjo and vocals. Just taking little fragments and turning them into songs. So this little EP that should have been done by the end of summer 2020 turned into this record.”

“House In Your Head” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to it now on SPOTIFY or watch on YouTube below.

Paper Forest is an indie rock band from San Diego fronted by singer/songwriter Sean Burdeaux. Originally started in 2005, the band has developed through a myriad of iterations, both in the live setting and on recording. The current studio band features Trevor Mast (Birth, Joy), Brian Scafidi (D/Wolves, 10-19 & The Number Men), and Joel Kynan (Sweet Valley). 

Paper Forest is primarily a songwriting project but with an ear for avant-garde experimentation. Inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel, Modest Mouse, Violent Femmes, boygenius,  Wilco, Califone, Slothrust, Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, Haley Heyndrickx, Palehound, Broken Social Scene, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie.

Paper Forest Is:

Sean Burdeaux – guitars, bass, banjo, harmonium, synthesizer, Rhodes, drum machine, vocals, shaker, mixing, production
Brian Scafidi – drums, bass, engineering, production
Joel Kynan – harmonium, trumpet, mastering
Trevor Mast – synthesizer, lap steel, whistling
Ava Mast & Olive Mast – background vocals

Connect With Paper Forest:

INSTAGRAM / SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP / Paper Forest Website / It’s Okay I’m Crying Website

Introducing To Kill A Monster

Columbus Ohio rock band To Kill A Monster has just dropped their latest song, “Whiskey”. The radio-ready single features some of the best songwriting the band has done to date and is sure to be an instant crowd pleaser.

Hilariously, the track started out as more of a take on a country song, than an actual full-fledged idea. “Lyrically, the song started kind of country-style, with the lyrics playing with the idea of that typical “hot” girl that everyone likes as the Tall Drink Of Water,” explains the band. “What started as a corny idea, slowly turned into a more straightforward radio-friendly rock song that hopefully will catch listeners in a way our catalog hasn’t yet.” Though the song may sound like a departure from To Kill A Monster’s previous offerings, that’s not something the band shies away from. “We’re never afraid to stray into any genre and hopefully everyone can enjoy this radio take while we continue with the rest of the wide range of music we’re working on.”

“Whiskey” was recorded at Black Moon Recordings with Bryan Ream and Unnus Latif. Along with the single, the band has also released a streaming visualizer. “Whiskey” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to it now on Spotify or watch the video on YouTube below.

To Kill A Monster was born in 2008. Since the beginning, they have set out to produce a sound that is nearly indescribable and a live show that is totally unforgettable. To Kill A Monster maintains that music is better as an inspiration to be happy than a tool to promote negativity, this is why their songs are almost always upbeat, dancey, or at least about nerdy subjects. Not taking after any one band or a specific sound, they have always been influenced by bands like The Offspring, Story Of The Year, Eve 6, The Used, Every Time I Die, Weezer, Tenacious D, and countless others.

 To Kill A Monster extensively plays shows anywhere they can, and want to reach as many more as possible.  They’ve played everything from truck beds in yards, house parties, venues all over, to arenas, and festivals like Cornerstone, MSM Fest, and Vans Warped Tour.

To Kill A Monster’s mission is simply to help add some fun back into as many people’s lives as possible by means of their intense blend of super high energy alternative rock, dance, hardcore, punk, and pop that is lovingly full of rhythmic energy and originality.  To Kill a Monster lives to write songs that provide inspiration and energy to achieve any goal and to do so with a smile on your face. Each song is written to be a direct reflection of the life, love, fun, and feelings of everyone and everything around them.  Music is their life, passion, and dream. Music saved their lives and they do this in the hopes that To Kill A Monster can do the same for others.

To Kill A Monster Is:
Joey Lawson – Singer
Corey Melton – Drums
Scott Borealis – Guitar
James Barron – Guitar
Josh Spence – Bass

Connect With To Kill A Monster:
Instagram / Facebook / Spotify